Amanda Miles, Losing Focus
Yuan Changming, 8-time Pushcart nominee and author of five chapbooks, grew up in rural China, began learning English at age nineteen, and published monographs on translation before moving to Canada. With a Ph.D. in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver. Yuan has poetry appearing in Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Cincinnati Review, Threepenny Review, and many others across thirty-seven countries.
B. Diehl is a poet, quasi-recluse, and cat enthusiast from Phillipsburg, NJ. He is the co-author of the poetry chapbook Temporary Obscurity (Indigent Press, 2015) and author of the full-length poetry collection Zeller’s Alley (White Gorilla Press, 2016). His poetry has been featured in Hobart, FLAPPERHOUSE, Straight Forward Poetry, Poydras Review, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Torrid Literature Journal, Lehigh Valley Vanguard, Five 2 One Magazine, and more. When he is not writing, you can usually find him at home, hanging out with his cats, and/or feeding his social media addiction. He still lives with his parents. You can find him on the web at www.mynameisb.co
G.M. Monks was a semifinalist in both the 2014 and 2015 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards and the 2014 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize. Her publications include Kansas City Voices, Picayune, Alehouse, Todd Point Review, Tiny Lights, and Bathtub Gin. She also has a short story forthcoming in Kaaterskill Basin Literary Review. G.M. lives with her husband near San Francisco and just bought a plug-in hybrid to reduce her carbon footprint.
Nels Hanson grew up on a small farm in the San Joaquin Valley of California and has worked as a farmer, teacher, and contract writer/editor. His fiction received the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award and Pushcart nominations in 2010, 2012, and 2014. His poems have appeared in Word Riot, The Oklahoma Review, Pacific Review, and other magazines. Nels has also received Sharkpack Review’s 2014 Prospero Prize, and 2015 and 2016 Best of the Net nominations.
Fred Rosenblum lives with his wife of 42 years in San Diego,
CA. Their daughter and her husband adopted a baby girl last year. She is the
major focus in their lives presently. Fred writes poetry primarily for his own
personal entertainment but occasionally sends it off for the humbling effect it
generally has on him. His debut collection, Hollow Tin Jingles, was released in
Feb. of 2013. Most of Fred's published work has been fueled by his experiences
in the 1st Marines in Southeast Asia 1968/69.
R. Gerry Fabian is a retired English instructor. He has been publishing poetry since 1972 in various poetry magazines. His web page is https://rgerryfabian.wordpress.com. He is the editor of Raw Dog Press http://www.rawdogpress.freesite2you.com/index.php. His novel, Memphis Masquerade, is available at Smashwords and all other ebook stores.
Robert S. King, a native Georgian, now lives in Lexington, Kentucky, where he edits the literary journal Kentucky Review. His poems have appeared in hundreds of magazines, including Atlanta Review, California Quarterly, Chariton Review, Hollins Critic, Kenyon Review, Main Street Rag, Midwest Quarterly, Negative Capability, Southern Poetry Review, and Spoon River Poetry Review. He has published eight poetry collections, most recently Diary of the Last Person on Earth (Sybaritic Press 2014) and Developing a Photograph of God (Glass Lyre Press, 2014). His personal website is www.robertsking.com.
Mishka Mojabber Mourani was born in Egypt to Greek-Lebanese parents. She has lived in Australia and Lebanon. She is the author of the poetry collection, Lest We Forget: Lebanon 1975-1990. Her short story, "The Fragrant Garden," appeared in Hikayat: Short Stories by Lebanese Women [Telegram Books, London, 2006] and Lebanon Through Writers’ Eyes [Eland, London, 2009]. She has published Balconies: A Mediterranean Memoir [Dar An-Nahar, Beirut, 2009] and translated to English Faiseur de Réalités (Maker of Realities)—French poems by Antoine Boulad inspired by Mohammad Rawas’ art. The Studio Voice published her story "Fatma's Fate" and Your Middle East featured her story "From its Shore I saw Jerusalem." Mourani’s writing deals with the themes of war, memory, identity, exile, and gender issues. She co-authored her latest book, Alone, Together [Kutub, Beirut, 2012], with Aida Y. Haddad.
Evan Goetz isn't the kind of guy you'd meet on the side of the street. He's the kind of guy you'd meet covertly staring at people from the corner of a coffee shop from behind his laptop. He promises it's for a good reason. His work has appeared in Inklette, Damfino, and other journals. When he is not writing, he makes a fool of himself performing with his improv troupe.
Ted Millar teaches English at Mahopac High School and creative writing and poetry at Marist College. He resides in New York's Hudson Valley with his wife and two children. Ted's previous work has appeared in Inklette, The Grief Diaries, Cactus Heart, Aji, Wordpool Press, The Artistic Muse, Chronogram, Brickplight, and Inkwell.